A Historical and Cultural Analysis of Qigong in Contemporary China

  • Barme, Geremie (PI)
  • Louie, Kam (CoI)

    Project: Research

    Project Details

    Description

    Using an interdisciplinary methodology, this project seeks to investigate and analyse the boom in qigong - an indigenous Chinese form of spiritual and physical cultivation - from 1978-2003 when it was the largest social movement in China with more than one hundred million adherents. An analysis of this crucial and extraordinary social phenomenon - present research is scarce and limited in scope - will illuminate important issues in the study of contemporary China: the regulation of social activities by the Party-state; the resurgence of "irrationality" within the official discourse of "scientism"; the deep historical roots of contemporary sociocultural phenomena; and the complex relationships of elite and popular cultures.
    StatusFinished
    Effective start/end date1/01/0531/12/08

    Funding

    • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$260,397.00

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